January '11
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Shine On
V in the News
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Engine 2 Chili
Trail Mix Cookies
Calendar Blow-Out Sale
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Shine On

Happy New Year! We couldn't be more thrilled to reign in a new start in 2011. These are the days of the year that feel most ripe with opportunity. We say out with the old and in with the best year yet.

 V in the News

Whole Foods' Healthy Program
Whole Foods Market has expanded its Health Starts Here program to more than 300 stores. The program, directed by vegan chef Chad Sarno and influenced by books including The Engine 2 Diet and The China Study, encourages eating a plant-based, whole-foods diet. Based on four simple eating principles, the plan's goal is to bring healthy eating to the forefront of consumers' minds.

Kind Kreme Expands
Los Angeles-area based vegan ice cream parlor Kind Kreme is expanding to a new location in Pasadena on February 5. Kind Kreme is owned by Mollie Engelhart, daughter of Matthew and Terces Engelhart, the couple who owns the Café Gratitude chain of restaurants. Like those at Café Gratitude, the offerings at Kind Kreme are raw and organic.

Student Activism
Next month, students in New York City will relaunch "Veguary," a month-long pledge to eat veg during the month of February. Initially launched last year, the program offers recipes, support, and tips for anyone interested in trying out vegetarianism.

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should probably check out right this minute.

1. Winter Fashion Whipsawed trying to stay warm and cozy without involving wool or cashmere? Never fear, our handy guide to cruelty-free cold-weather fashion is here!

2. Go Veg Guide Do you happen to have a friend or two who's thinking of going veg? Make it easy for your favorite wannabe with our Go Veg Guide!

3. VN Book Club Want to be a person of letters? Take in a few (primarily those contained in The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life) with the VegNews Book Club! Next month, we begin Eating Animals, which is conveniently available in our store.

4. Post-Workout Eats Do any two things scream "January" more than healthy eating and working out? Two eateries combine the best of both healthy habits.

5. 2010 Review We're not the types to live in the past, but 2010 was a pretty stellar year for veganism. Check out this list of fantastic happenings that propelled the movement into the mainstream!

Event Showcase

Kris Carr Dinner
In case you weren't already aware of the fantastic success of our January+February cover gal, her book hit number one on Amazon.com's bestselling list. On January 22, dine with her at Elizabeth's Gone Raw in Washington DC, and get a copy of her hot book, Crazy Sexy Diet.

Vegan Chili Cook Off
Head to Park+Vine, a vegan general store, on January 23 for a pre-Super Bowl Chili Cookoff. Up to 20 cooks will offer tastes of their vegan chilies, and everyone who attends will get to vote on which chili takes the cake.

Vegan Pizza Day
This holiday is a long time coming. Popular vegan blogger Quarrygirl and Chicago Soydairy, makers of Teese vegan cheese, have teamed up to declare January 29 as Vegan Pizza Day. Celebrating this newly minted holiday is pretty straightforward: simply share your love for vegan pizza by making your favorite pie. That's the kind of holiday we can get behind!

Looking for more fun events this month? Head to VegNews.com for full listings of hip happenings, including the return of VN-sponsored SF Vegan Drinks!

 Get Cookin'

Engine 2 Chili

Want to brush up your chili skills before the Super Bowl arrives, or your next chili cook-off is moments away? Try this fantastic recipe from people who know chili: Austin's Engine 2, aka the vegetarian firefighters.

Serves 6

What You Need:
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 packages vegetarian "beef" crumbles
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
4 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
A few shakes of Tabasco sauce
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can pinto beans, rinsed
2 tablespoons flour

What You Do:
1. In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, sauté onions and garlic. Add vegetarian crumbles and cook a few more minutes.

2. Add the remaining ingredients, except flour, and add enough water to cover ingredients plus 1/2 inch. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

3. Add enough water to the flour to make a thin paste, and add to pot, then stir until chili thickens.

Looking for more chili recipes? Try out these favorites:
Sweet Potato Chili
Chocolate Chili
Lentil Chili

 Product Review

Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies

Going g-free? Whether it's for your health, as an experiment, or just to feel like a part of the "in" crowd, there are plenty of fine reasons to try a diet without gluten. But! There's no reason to try a diet without cookies, and thankfully SunFlour Baking Company's new Trail Mix cookies are as tasty as they are free of gluten. Chewy, sweet, and dotted with raisins, chocolate chips, and sunflower seeds, these yummy morsels are wonderful whether you're not on the trail of a wanted criminal, or simply hot on the trail of a nap.

 Calendar Blow-Out Sale

We're nearly a month into 2011—it's time to really put that resolution to become more organized to the test. If you're still struggling with what day it is (a situation with which we are all too familiar; working on a magazine four months ahead of the actual date messes with our sense of time!), grab a 2011 Go Vegan! Calendar in our huge blow-out sale. Did we mention that shipping is free? Because it is; just saying. Only a handful of these useful chrono-logs remain, and when they sell out, that's it until 2012!

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